This problem most frequently occurs at the back of the patient’s scalp, extending often to the back of the neck. It is associated with the central nervous system and nerves below the skin surface here. The skin feels rough to the touch (Lichenification) and can be really itchy- however scratching actually makes the condition worse! It is most important the feeling is controlled in order to prevent the skin breaking (lesions) to prevent infection so easily passed from touching.
Treatment of this condition focuses on soothing the irritation, reducing the flakes and advising about the anxiety and stress surrounding the cause.
Due to trichology having a holistic approach various factors are taken into consideration when diagnosing and treating dermatitis. Questions surrounding general health, particularly the immune system and stressful situations are relevant here, the way in which the hair is groomed and washed, changes to hormones (for example starting or stopping a contraceptive pill) are some of the topics of discussion.
This condition is a frequently seen at Sussex Trichology. Please read this post of a patient with a scalp complaint.